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Waste Collections - Christmas 2017 Collections etc

Somerset Waste Partnership


Revised festive collections

Christmas week:

 Recycling/rubbish collections will be two days later than usual, including Thursday pick-ups on

Saturday 30 December and Friday pick-ups on Sunday 31 December.

New Year week:

 All collections one day later, with Friday pick-ups on Saturday 6 January.

Garden waste:

    No garden waste collections between Monday 25 December and Friday 5 January (inclusive). - We do this every year to help the busy refuse crews.

All back to normal on Monday 8 Jan.

Recycling sites:

 Open on all usual days except all are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s  Day.

Christmas trees:

 Take natural, decoration-free trees to your local recycling centre for composting.  If you have our garden waste service (or a neighbour who is willing to let you use theirs) put Christmas trees under 6ft beside your garden waste bin or sack.  As an absolute last resort you can leave it out with your refuse on your usual collection day between 8-19 January, (but this does mean it is


Wrapping paper (non metallic/plastic)

 Remove all decorations and recycle with cardboard in your black box or at recycling sites.

More from SWP...

SWP 10th birthday

This autumn we celebrated the 10th

“birthday” of Somerset Waste

Partnership. Did you know that:

 SWP was formed in 2007 making it

the first county-wide waste

partnership in the country. We

collect and dispose of waste from

over 250,000 households every

week .

 In 2009, SWP published the UK’s

first End Use Register , showing

what happens to all our waste.

 96% of the recyclable materials we

collect at kerbside and at recycling

sites is recycled in the UK.

 Since 2013 the Walpole anaerobic

digestion plant has turned all of

Somerset’s food waste into energy

and compost.

 By 2020 we will not send any refuse

to landfill as our waste will instead

be used to generate energy. This

won’t affect our drive to recycle


 Around half of what is in the

average bin in Somerset could be

recycled – so there is more to do.

Recycle More update

Recycle More will mean more collected

every week at the kerbside (including

small electrical appliances, food and

drink cartons, plastic packaging). With

so much collected each week, what

little waste is left over will be collected

every 3 weeks.

On 3 November the Somerset Waste

Board and Kier agreed to end their

kerbside waste and recycling

collections contract 18 months early.

Ending this contract in March 2020 will

enable us to procure a new contractor

to implement Recycle More, and aligns

the start of the contract with the

procurement of a new fleet of vehicles

dedicated to the new service.

Until Recycle More service is rolled out

we unfortunately cannot collect food

and drink cartons or plastic tubs, pots

and trays.

However, all plastic bottles from

throughout the house, including those

for cosmetics, oil and cleaning

products, can go in your recycling box

after being rinsed and squashed.

Batteries and small electrical

appliances can be taken to all recycling

sites for recycling and food and drink

cartons (e.g. Tetrapaks) can be

recycled at centres excluding Castle

Cary (Dimmer), Cheddar, Somerton

and Dulverton Community recycling


Energy from Waste plant update

Somerset’s new energy from waste

plant is on track to start operating in

April 2020. So whatever waste is left

after everything has been recycled will

be used to generate electricity. It will

also deliver £1.3m annual savings.

Walpole and Dimmer Waste Transfer

Stations are expected to be operational

by May 2019.

Somerset Waste Board

SWP works to the Somerset Waste

Board, which is made up of two

members from each of the six partner

councils. Our website has more details.

The next board meeting is on Friday 15

December 2017 (papers available


Board membership by council is:

Mendip – Cllrs Nigel Woollcombe-

Adams (Vice Chair), Nigel Taylor

Sedgemoor – Cllrs Dawn Hill, Gill


Somerset County – Cllrs David

Hall, Clare Aparicio Paul

South Somerset – Cllrs Jo

Roundell Greene, Derek Yeomans


Taunton Deane Borough – Cllrs

Patrick Berry, Steve Ross

West Somerset – Cllrs Martin

Dewdney, Brenda Maitland-Walker

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